Colony founding by pleometrosis in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta

@article{Tschinkel1983ColonyFB,
  title={Colony founding by pleometrosis in the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta},
  author={Walter R. Tschinkel and Dennis F. Howard},
  journal={Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology},
  year={1983},
  volume={12},
  pages={103-113}
}
SummaryNewly mated queens of the fire ant, Solenopsis invicta, found colonies either alone (haplometrosis) or by joining with other newly mated queens (pleometrosis). Surveys after mating flights showed that nests and queens were usually aggregated in space, that queens were aggregated among occupied nest chambers, and that the occurrence and degree of pleometrosis was related to the mean queen density. Queens and nests were strongly associated with slightly higher ground, away from rainwash… 

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